STORY WRITTEN BY ADAM CRUGNALE
For Digital First Media
On Sunday, May 17, the township of Haverford will be hosting a musical Spring Fest for the second year in a row. The fest will start at noon and last until approximately 7 p.m. Rain or shine, the show will go on.
Multiple acts will be performing, including Philly’s David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket and Tommy Conwell in addition to a wide variety of artists such as Charlie Gracie, a Philadelphia rock-n-roll success story, to the 18 year-old emerging local artist Ashley Leone. Other music genres represented will include Americana, fused with country or rock, as well as hip-hop and reggae, and a bit of fun for the children presented by the musical-comedy group, the Cat’s Pajamas.
A spring day filled with music and good people is just what the doctor ordered after a long, cold winter.
“It’s really about promoting music education,” said Adrian Hickman, press relations and social media manager. “That’s part of the reason we invited the high school to perform at the festival.” Hickman refers to the Haverford High School Jazz Ensemble, and they will be playing an array of musical styles, specializing in improvisation.
Last year, the Spring Fest more than exceeded expectations. “We were expecting maybe 5,000 people, and police estimated it was closer to 8,500” continued Hickman. “This year, we’re ready for, and expecting, closer to 10,000. We have a good solid lineup this year. We’re really excited for it.”
There will be artisan and craft vendors available, food, and Spring Fest attendees ages 21 and up can also purchase alcohol and carry it about their person during the festival.
There will be a $2 minimum donation requested on entry. All of the proceeds from the Haverford Spring Fest will go to help community needs, particularly music education. Such groups as the Haverford High School Jazz Residency Program and the Haverford Township Free Library Music Program will benefit.
The Haverford Spring Fest is produced by Kelly Music For Life, a 501c3 non-profit organization that focuses on supporting music events like the Spring Fest for the benefit of community needs. Learn more about it at kellymusicforlife.org.
Parking will be available, as well as a secure place to put your bike. There will also be a “fun zone” for kids (and adults) of all ages, featuring face painting, inflatables and more for a $10 fee. Check www.haverfordspringfest.com.
IF YOU GO
What: Haverford Spring Fest
Where: Brookline Blvd. at Darby Road, Havertown.
When: Noon to 7 p.m., Sunday, May 17. Event is held rain or shine.
Admission: $2 donation requested, $10 for Fun Zone unlimited rides.
Info.: For more information and updates, check www.haverfordspringfest.com.